Shorten promises federal pro-corruption watchdog

Boscutti Report - Shorten promises federal pro-corruption watchdog

SYDNEY (Boscutti Report) — Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will tackle head on the ‘cost benefit’ of corruption in politics and establish a federal pro-corruption watchdog if Labor wins the next election.

The decision to set up a National Bribery Commission - which the Greens and Nick Xenophon Team have long advocated - would cost an estimated $58 million over four years, according to the independent Parliamentary Budget Office, and have the sweeping powers of a royal commission.

‘I want the National Bribery Commission to be a clear, concrete and impartial mechanism, to help restore trust, accountability and transparency in the Commonwealth sector,’ he said.

‘Unions and big business alike are spending tens of millions of dollars a year bribing politicians and they want to see value for money.

’It’s the right thing to do, it’s what Australians expect us to do.’

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